It is only late October. My first ski around Bruce’s Trail up on Rabbit Ears Pass this past week felt like it was mid winter. Cold snow and crisp temperatures had it feeling like December! It is wonderful to be back on skis and back on snow.
Winter has come home to Steamboat Springs.
Early Season Conditioning
Early season snow is always a shocking reminder of how little our biking, hiking, and climbing shape transfers to skis. How is it that I find myself gulping for air while trying to maintain a good glide? Now I remember… at just shy of 10,000 feet, Bruce’s Trail is a kicker for the first ski of the season. Bruce’s features some stout climbs on the outside loop that seem to get steeper with each passing year.
The good news is no matter how much we wish we can pick up right where we left off last April as far as ski conditioning goes – the smile on our faces at the end of these early xc ski sessions confirms how lucky we are. There are too many communities to list that only dream of early snow and world class xc trials they can use.
XC Skiing on Rabbit Ears Pass
All the xc trails up on Rabbit Ears are skiing really well. It’s not even Halloween! The West Summit Loops, Bruce’s Trail, Fox Curve, and Walton Peak provide great touring and winter scenery. Find your winter clothes, your skis and boots, and make the trek up the pass. Establish your winter skiing habits early to guarantee a great winter season!
XC Equipment & Clothing at Ski Haus
Ski Haus is stocked and ready with xc skis from Madshus, Fischer, Salomon, and Rossignol. We offer boots from Rossignol, Salomon, Fischer, and Alpina. We can replace your old gear one piece at a time or create a complete package at a discounted package price at any time.
From skate and classic skiing at the track, to light touring equipment, to backcountry gear, Ski Haus offers a complete range of price and performance levels for every cross country skier. We also have great xc clothing from Bjorn Daehlie, Swix, Salomon and Craft.
Come on in and check out what we have to offer or give us a call at 970.879.0385. See you here or up on the pass!